SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange Board of Trustees met on Monday, March 13. Among the topics discussed at the meeting were voting on a new name for Memorial Park and new crosswalks by South Mountain School.


Memorial Park on Valley St. was renamed by the South Orange Board of Trustees on Monday, March 13.

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The park, which served as a cemetery before conversion, was renamed Founders Park in recognition of several founding members of South Orange who were originally buried there.

“Many of the family names on the memorial column in the center of the park match the street names around town,” said attendee Joe Craker. “The name Founders Park only makes sense.”

South Orange Village Trustee Stephen Schnall remarked on what an invaluable role SO Connect played in allowing residents to voice their opinion on the name of the park. He explained that anyone unable to discuss the park in-person had the ability to vote on the name via the app.

“The committee felt it was a great opportunity to use our SO Connect app for a recreational purpose,” said Schnall. “The idea of the software application is to allow people to be involved with the community and discuss a topic at leisure.”    

Schnall mentioned that while the Department of Recreational and Cultural Affairs initially suggested the name Founders Park, the community response from SO Connect also supported the new name. All trustees voted in favor of the change to Founders Park as well.  See the resolution here.


Crosswalks at the intersection of South Orange Ave. and Wyoming Ave. near South Mountain Elementary School were also a subject discussed at the meeting. A community resident voiced his dismay at the “faded crosswalks” and “lack of any traffic monitoring by law enforcement” in the area.

“Traffic safety is a primary concern, and every individual issue is important,” replied South Orange Village President Sheena Collum. “But we need to look at the totality of law enforcement issues to prioritize objectives with our limited resources.”


Other topics discussed at the meeting included:

  • Curbside spring clean up for leaves and branches will take places between April 3 and May 15.

  • Electronics recycling will be available with proof or residency on April 22 and August 19 at the South Orange Recycling Depot at 300 Walton Ave.

The South Orange Board of Trustees will meet again Monday, March 27 at 7:15 p.m. at SOPAC.